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Be sure to check yourself when things aren’t going your way

Posted 9/20/2012   Updated 9/20/2012 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ken Sorenson
JBER-Richardson Chaplain

9/20/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Have you had one of those "mountain top days" recently?

One of those days that come along once in a lifetime and you just cannot stop talking about?

One of those days happened to an elderly man named Moses. While up on Mount Sinai, he came upon a bush that was engulfed in flame, but didn't burn up.

Moses stopped to see the bush and God shared his plans with Moses about how he was going to use Moses to lead Israel from slavery in Egypt to the promised land.

God offered Moses several different signs and wonders to commemorate his time on the mountain.

Moses came off the mountaintop and told his father-in-law that he was going to Egypt on a mission from God.

He took his wife and two children and started the trip back to Egypt to tell Pharaoh to release God's people.

Moses was in such a hurry to carry out God's commands, he failed to take care of one of the details required for any leader - practice what you preach.

He needed to obey the covenant he professed and have each of his son's dedicated to the God of Israel.

Moses' wife saved the day and obeyed the commands, and stood in the gap for her husband.

What do you do when things aren't going your way?

Are you the first to blame someone else, or some circumstance, or are you willing to slow down and ask if there is something you have failed to obey?

By reflecting on what it might be that is left undone, you will find what it is standing in the way of God accomplishing all he wants to through you.

There is a passage in 1 Peter which declares that during the days before messiah comes, a cleansing fire will come, but first to the household of faith.

The High Holy days are underway in Israel, where there are days of joy and celebration along with days of and reflection.

On JBER, there are meetings to call believers to reflect on their walk with God and what might be preventing us from doing all God has called us to do.

Take part in the reflection and look back at God's invitation on the mountain-top and prayerfully ask what might be standing in the way of the mission being accomplished.
This week, I depart for India on a long- awaited visit to see several pastor friends at a church dedication.

Years ago, I experienced a mountaintop time with the Lord, but little did I know the obedience needed in my journey was coming to work with the Air Force in Alaska.
Once I trusted my assignment to the Lord and quit arguing about where I was stationed, God was able to position me at a place to reach a long-awaited mission given to me on the mountain.

What has God shared with you on the mountain?

Don't hesitate to obey and carry it out - however, if you are not getting your mission done, ask prayerfully about what might be hindering you.

You will be amazed how much easier it is to get things done when we are following the commandments.

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